Monthly Archives: October 2015

My diary of grief

Revisiting my diary from the month Jenny died In writing Twinned I was clear that this memoir on Jenny’s life and death was not to be a therapy diary. I wanted to tell a particular story that matters to me … Continue reading

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Bob’s your uncle

What Robert Smith taught us about disability I always thought the expression ‘Bob’s your uncle’ came from the Tory Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel giving jobs to all of his chums. A quick Google search proved me wrong. It’s still … Continue reading

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Julian Fellowes’ great-grandfather and the real Downton

This week’s off-topic blog is about as far removed from cerebral palsy, twinless twins, traumatic death and bereavement as it’s possible to get. It’s a short homage to an enterprising Victorian who founded the Downton Agricultural College, the second such … Continue reading

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The card from my twin that made me cry

Hindsight changes everything An unexpected find – going through boxes of papers during our recent house move, I came across this card from Jenny. The card, written when we were 25, was an olive branch from the distant past. I … Continue reading

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I never dream about my twin

A curious absence What a couple of weeks it’s been. First, on Monday 5 October, visiting Broadcasting House to record a BBC podcast with members of the Ouch team and guests who, like myself, are on one side or the … Continue reading

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‘Samantha Barber – nought!’

After two heart-felt posts on topics central to Jenny’s story, here’s my first go at my ‘apropos of nothing’ category. I hope adding a few of these will bring a bit of fun to what could risk turning into a … Continue reading

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Remembering pioneering Dr Pamela Davies and her work with premature babies

A personal tribute Some people never become superstars in their field yet make a massive impact. A good example is Dr Pamela Davies, who despite not being a household name, deserves recognition for her pioneering contributions to child health. In … Continue reading

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Time to share our story

My disabled twin sister died in a fire Putting this into the public domain isn’t easy. It concerns a traumatic event of half a lifetime ago, and a close connection ruptured. It’s not something I’ve talked about with many people. … Continue reading

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